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Author Wachtel, Andrew.

Title Making a nation, breaking a nation : literature and cultural politics in Yugoslavia / Andrew Baruch Wachtel.

Published Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press, 1998.

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Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  306.09497 WACH    AVAILABLE
Physical description 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Cultural memory in the present.
Cultural memory in the present.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents 1. The Rise of the Yugoslav National Idea -- 2. Creating a Synthetic Yugoslav Culture -- 3. Supranational Yugoslav Culture: Brotherhood and Unity -- 4. The Precipitous Rise and Calamitous Fall of Multinational Yugoslavia.
Summary This book focuses on the cultural processes by which the idea of a Yugoslav nation was developed and on the reasons that this idea ultimately failed to bind the South Slavs into a viable nation and state. The author argues that the collapse of multinational Yugoslavia and the establishment of separate uninational states did not result from the breakdown of the political or economic fabric of the Yugoslav state; rather, that breakdown itself sprang from the destruction of the concept of a Yugoslav nation. Had such a concept been retained, a collapse of political authority would have been followed by the eventual reconstitution of a Yugoslav state, as happened after World War II, instead of the creation of separate nation-states. In the book's conclusion, the author discusses the relevance of the Yugoslav case for other parts of the world, considering whether the triumph of particularist nationalism is inevitable in multinational states.
Subject Nationalism -- Yugoslavia -- History.
Yugoslav literature -- Political aspects.
Language policy -- Yugoslavia -- History.
Yugoslavia -- Cultural policy -- History.
Yugoslavia -- Ethnic relations.
ISBN 0804731810 (paper : alk. paper)
0804731802 (cloth : alk. paper)